February 2002 - Parish News

Services for February
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30
3rd 10.0011.00 Family Service with Sheila Heatonfrom Operation Christmas Child.Informal Communion
6th 10.30 Pram Service
10th 10.30 Morning Praise
17th 10.30 Holy Communion
20th 10.30 Pram Service
24th 10.30 Morning Praise

A touch of Christmas for those that missed the children's nativity at St Andrew's

In the family room before the play

Very well done to the children and teachers.

Saturday 9th February
St Andrew's are holding a quiz night on Saturday, 9 February 2002, in the Peter Edwards Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets at just £5 per person and are available in church or from Sue Wiltshire, 36 Summer Street. Tel 725984 or Valerie Church, 2 Summer Street. Tel. 458443. They include a fish, or chicken, and chips supper. Please bring your own cutlery, glasses and drink. Come as a team (maximum 8 persons) or join a team when you arrive. All welcome.

February 9th Quiz Night
Peter Edwards Hall

March 10th March Concert

May 11th Spring Fair Village Hall

July 13th Open Gardens and Slip End Village Hanging Basket Competition

September 27th Harvest Supper Village Hall

October Concert - details later

December 8th Christmas lunch Peter Edwards Hall

December Carol Singing Slip End Village

Press Statement
by the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, on the retirement announcement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon George Carey.

8th January 2002: Bishop Christopher Herbert comments: 'Dr George Carey has carried out his ministry as Archbishop with steadfast and unflinching courage. He has led the Church of England and the Anglican
Communion through some difficult times and, with patient kindness and determination, has tried to ensure that Christian understanding and a particular Anglican concern for open-mindedness and generosity of spirit have prevailed. He has reminded the Church of its world-wide rôle and has been particularly active in bringing the needs of countries such as Sudan and Rwanda to the notice of the nations. He has visited the Anglican Communion provinces assiduously and has worked tirelessly to create a sense that Christian Churches need always to listen to, and be sensitive to, each other. His reaction to national events in the UK has always been measured and statesmanlike. His leadership, for example, in calling together the faith-communities after the September 11th tragedy, was typically straightforward and forthright. All of his ministry has been shared with his wife, Eileen, who in her own right has been assiduous in caring for the needs of others. Her sparkling humour and warmth as well as her sheer quiet courage have brought her great respect. All those who know George and Eileen Carey hold them in much affection.
They will be deeply missed - and it is to be hoped that their retirement will bring them the rest and refreshment they so richly deserve.
It is inevitable that there is much speculation about Dr Carey's successor. It needs to be remembered that the whole process begins and ends in prayer. The Church of England waits upon God, seeking His will and purpose in the appointment of a new archbishop.
It is absolutely vital that prayer, quietness and waiting upon God characterise the process that the whole Church is now undertaking - for what matters above all is not fanciful speculation but that God's will be done. It is the glory of God that should be the end of all our activities and the well-being of the entire nation and Church.

Rt. Revd. Christopher Herbert,Bishop of St Albans
from Peter Crumpler, Communications Officer, Diocese of St. Albans.

Message from David & Mary
December 2001
Dear friends, Greetings from Edmonton. We have been here now nearly 4 months, and are feeling settled at last, though we are unused to living in a Vicarage on our own and this one is decidedly colder! There are other things we miss such as the many friends, the regular 'pastoral visits' just after opening time, and the intimate Church Family.
However, the parish is everything we were looking for. David had wanted an urban parish, multi cultural with plenty of links to the community. Edmonton has been all that. We can look out of our window and see things going on and people walking by which we like. There are people of many different cultures living in the area and in the church congregation and it is lovely to be here and a great learning opportunity. 51 languages are spoken by the children who attend the high school whose gates are opposite the Vicarage. The doctors surgery has its notices in Turkish (with English subtitles)! and several of the shops are Turkish so it's a great chance to try different foods. The 3 Church Halls are inconstant use, and give David several points of contact. We have 4 other churches that share our premises. One is French speaking; another Ghanaian. We have welcomed "Tom" into our home: - a four year old Dalmatian whose owner moved into a small flat. We are fostering him, - probably for the rest of his life. He is quite a talking point and a good friend. He is slowly settling down too, and causes us plenty of laughs as well as problems. He is an accomplished escape artist and roams the neighbourhood for fast food. He makes up for it by his charm and handsome looks.
2, Windmill Road, London N18 1PA

Operation Christmas Child
We are able to confirm that Mrs Sheila Heaton, the organizer for the Chelmsford Warehouse of Operation Christmas Child is coming to St Andrew's on the 3rd February to talk about the work of Samaritans Purse. She will be at the Family Service at 10.00a.m. and I hope that many of you will be able to come and hear all about the good work that goes on behind the scenes. An amazing 67,000 shoe boxes were collected at Chelmsford and they have now been delivered to very needy children all over the world. Please come along and bring your children, I'm sure it will be a very interesting and worthwhile service.

Some of the shoe-boxes from St Andrew's being carried to the lorry.
(we even got David Kingston to help!)

Sue Cowell, Editor

I would like to thank all the people that sent sympathy cards and attended Bob's funeral, also Julie Flashman for such a lovely service. Bob will be sadly missed by so many people, he took such an interest in Slip End and did much work for the Friendship Club. One consolation I have is that he really enjoyed his twenty years retirement in the village. Thank you once again for your support at this sad time, also for the generous donations to the Coronary Care Unit and Keech Cottage Hospice.
Viv Porter



A loving family man, never seeking attention for himself, but always willing to lend a helping hand, to anyone in need of help. Whatever Bob undertook, you would always know that he would always give his undivided attention to it and the task, however great or small, would be completed to perfection. As a member of the Friendship Club from the beginning, I recall the lovely Day trips, the annual Holidays, Birthday and Christmas Parties organised in detail, mainly by Bob. Bob was engaged in many other committees and activities, all undertaken in his quiet, methodical manner.
Bob was a Trustee of the Grace Cook Trust and whenever he voiced his opinion on any issue he always gave an honest and straightforward answer, which was much appreciated.
Bob, it was a pleasure to know you and you will be missed.

The community has lost one of the best!
Joan Austin

Your Local Beat Manager Wpc Carron Thompson is looking for you community minded people to join the Police Volunteer Scheme so that you can help the vulnerable people within your community by fitting door chains, viewers, lighting, granny boot etc. Free training will be provided.
If you feel that you have some spare time you can give for your community please contact Wpc Carron Thompson at Dunstable Police Station, tel. 01582 473112 or e-mail carron.Thompson@bedfordshire.police.uk.

Face to Face
All who believe in God's mercy and grace will meet their loved ones Face to Face where time is endless and joy unbroken and only the words of God's love are spoken.
Brian Smith
Christmas day was made sad for us at Aley Green Methodist Church: our dear and much loved member Brian Smith from Elaine Gardens Woodside, died peacefully in his sleep. Brian had been a member of our Church for years. In this time he taught in the Sunday school and helped in the youth club and had been the treasurer. For twenty-four years he was our property steward and he attended hundreds of meetings in our church and representing our church. He will be greatly missed by us all. Please remember his daughters Helen and Paula in your prayers.
We are sorry, but our Good as New Sale (due to take place on February 23rd) has been postponed until April the 27th at 2:30pm.
Our next Fundraiser for church improvements will be our Spring Fayre on March 9th at 2:30pm. There will be lots of stalls including, Easter cards, chocolates, preserves, gifs, cakes, bric-a-brac, games, books, a plant stall and of course tea and coffee will be served in the school room. Come along and treat yourself. You will be given a warm welcome.

As it was, as it is and as it shall be evermore,
God of grace, God of Trinity!
With the ebb, with the flow, ever it is so,
God of grace, O Trinity with the ebb and flow.
Poem of the Western Highlands.

Gods peace be with you in 2002,
from all at Aley Green Methodist Church.
Ann Meader

Friendly and competitive Badminton Club seeks new members or visitors
Wednesdays 8.15 - 11.00pm
For further details call Linda on 737461
or Roger on 429031

It was a very bad start to the New Year as we stood in silence and remembered Ruth Arrowsmith and Ruby Morgan who have both died this month. They were both long standing W.I. members and all will sorely miss their help, involvement and laughter. God bless you both.

We had to find a replacement speaker for the evening right at the last moment. Mr Milne did a marvelous job. He sailed us around the Greek Isles on his yacht. I can't remember all the terms he used for knots, poles and the sails but not many would know what they were either. Around England the tides, the currents and the weather forecast rule the coast but the Greek Islands have no tides or currents. He had a very hairy experience in the Bay of Biscay when a storm broke. He couldn't see himself getting out of that but lived to tell the tale. Another funny tale involving bad weather, was when he had his eldest son with him, who is a vicar. They were sailing with three Irish men who were being very sick. His son, to calm the situation started to sing hymns, unhappily it didn't help as they thought their time had come! I could have listened all night.
Next Meetings
February 19th Garden News.
Speaker Barry Timms.
March 19th Members Night.

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday in the month at Collingswell Hall. 7.30 pm - 10pm.
Patricia Crick.

Do you want answers to questions about local services? Then ask your Councillor!
County Councillor Richard Stay and WPC Carron Thompson will be at Heathfield Lower School on the following dates:-
Saturday 2nd February
Saturday 2nd March
10.30a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Your chance to discuss council & police services and any other local issues.

Calling all commuters out there!
Did you know that if you have a season ticket for the trains on Thameslink
and you use the 202 bus from the village to travel to Harpenden station, you do not
have to pay the fare you can use your season ticket, hope this information will be of use to someone out there - happy commuting!

Did you know you we have
a florist in the village?
Presentation & Gift Wrapped Bouquets at prices to suit your purse. Valentines Day and Easter are coming - so for your floral gifts at reasonable prices. Phone Hilary Macdonald on 01582 411157

Councillor Richard Stay is pictured on the front cover with the representatives of the following groups.

St Andrews Church CCTV contribution £500
Slip End Lower School PTA Outdoor Play Equipment £500
Slip End Community Web Site Digital Camera £250
Brickhill & Downlands Residents Assoc. Marquee £350
Slip End Play Group Books £350
Slip End & District Parish News IT Equipment £400
Slip End Toddler Group Safety matting £300

The above organisations were invited to the Village Hall to receive the grants shown, which was given by Bedfordshire County Council from the Community Fund. This was presented by Councillor Richard Stay together with a certificate for each recipient.
The Parish News would like to thank the County Council for their award of £400. We have been able to buy a scanner, a new monitor and some software, which should help to make your Parish News even better.

No 'Thoughts from the pen of Muriel' this month as she has family commitments, which are taking, up most of her time just now. Hopefully she will be back in full swing for the March issue. In her absence the news from the Village Hall is somewhat shorter. The Hall was well used over Christmas and New Year with various groups holding their parties and dances. Just when the hall was looking less bright with the Christmas decorations stored, once more, up in the loft, the rest of our new curtains arrived to cheer the place up again. We are very pleased with them and think you will be too. The Village Hall Management Committee AGM is booked for Monday 25th February in the Hall at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome to come along. We could do with some new committee members to swell our numbers, especially from groups who regularly use the Hall and so know what needs to be done in the way of repairs and improvements. We meet once a month on a Monday at 8.00 p.m. and usually complete the business of the meeting by 9.30. If you may be interested and would like more information Steve Fuell on 01582 417792 will be happy to talk to you.
The committee is at present unaware of any plans for the Queen's Jubilee on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June. We would like to offer the use of the Hall and grounds free of charge to any group who would like to plan an event for either of these days on condition that it is open to all villagers. Interested? - phone the Booking Secretary Gill Plummer on 01582 723109 and she will pass on your ideas to us.

A poor support for our Blue Peter Appeal held in December, which was opened by Richard Stay, but we did manage to send £107 to the appeal. The girls are now working on their Stargazers Badge, and someone is very kindly coming to our meetings to talk to us and show video's and on a clear night we will be able to look through a telescope.
We still have a few vacant places for girls aged 7 to 11 years. If you are interested, ring Gillian on 01582 723109.

Thanks to the three Father Christmas's and their driver, who collected for Local Charities on Christmas Eve around the pubs.
Our first Car Boot Sale will be held at the Village Hall on Easter Monday April 1st from 10a.m. to 2p.m. This is to raise money for the Senior Citizens Outing - names will be taken for this on the day.
We will be holding a number of Craft Fayres at the Village Hall, the first being on Saturday March 23rd. Watch the Diary Page for other dates. For stalls ring Gillian 723109

General Work
A good gardener will certainly have completed all his digging and trenching by this time, but sluggards may still have some work to do. The quicker it is finished the better. Ground that was turned over earlier in the winter and left rough should be broken down to a fine surface sometime during February. It is essential to choose a day when the surface is fairly dry; you will do more harm than good if you walk about on beds that are soaking wet. Manure the ground ready for peas and beans, where soil is heavy work in sand or wood ash, and leaves.
Vegetable garden
If the weather is favourable sow some parsnips outdoors, parsnips that were left in the ground all winter will start to grow again, if not lifted. Plant out spring cabbage; make a sowing of turnips and French beans, culinary peas and cauliflowers and carrots.
Flower and fruit garden
Prune flowering shrubs and clematis and also plant out new fruit trees etc.

December 2001 was not only a short month at school but also a busy month.

At the start of December the PTA organised a very successful Christmas Fayre to raise funds for the school. Father Christmas was able to pay a visit to the school during the afternoon.

On Monday 3rd December, the whole school took part in a Christmas Art Activity Day. All pupils were allocated to mixed-age groups who then took part in several festive activities. The children made Christmas stocking decorations, Christmas wreaths and decorated hoops, woven baskets, decorated bells and trees.

In the Foundation Stage Unit (formerly the Nursery) they made Mince pies and in the Community Room kitchen the children prepared and cooked Stained Glass biscuits. The woven baskets were used to carry mince pies and biscuits home. It was a very happy day and before going home the children met in the hall to display what they had made.

Throughout December the children were busy learning songs and lines for the Christmas concert, 'Stable Story'. There were three performances of the concert; the first was for more elderly residents of the village and there were two performances for Parents, Grandparents and Governors. The concert was enjoyed by everyone and the performance reflected the hard work that had been put into all the preparations and rehearsals by the teaching staff and children. One highlight of the concert was the Kazoo orchestra!

The school was invited to take part in the MTL carol service at St. Mary's church in Luton.

At the end of a busy week, the kitchen prepared Christmas lunch for the school and this was followed by Class parties.

On the penultimate day of term, pupils from Year 4 visited Woodside Residential Home to sing carols and songs from 'Stable Story'; this was appreciated by the residents who joined in the singing of the carols.
On the last day of term there was a Christmas Assembly which parents and friends were invited to attend.

Christmas decorations made by the children

In the next issue of the Parish News we hope to have news of two exciting developments at the school.

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